ECU grad shares deception detection techniques on CBS Morning News

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The hosts of CBS This Morning interview Phil Houston on the recent release of Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception.

 

ECU political science graduate and former Central Intelligence Agency expert Philip Houston, co-author of “Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception,” appeared on the CBS morning news show Jan. 18. Houston spoke on methods to detect deception and how to elicit more truthful answers.

Houston, of Greenville, is chief executive officer of Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for a worldwide clientele. According to Qverity’s web site, Houston is a national expert on deception detection, critical interviewing and elicitation who is credited with developing a deception detection method that is now used throughout U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities.  Read more about Houston at http://www.qverity.com./about/.

 

 

 

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ECU to host Great Decisions community forum

East Carolina University will host the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program Jan. 14 through March 3.

The program will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rivers West Building auditorium. The schedule of meetings, topics and speakers is as follows:

  • Jan. 14: Cybersecurity
    Retired USAF Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and visiting professor of the practice, Duke University School of Law.
  • Jan. 21:  Indonesia
    Dr. Alethia Cook, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Jan. 28: State of the oceans
    Dr. David Kimmel, Department of Biology, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 4:  Energy geopolitics
    Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 11: Promoting democracy
    Dr. Dursun Peksen, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 18: Mexico
    Dr. Angela Thompson, Department of History, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 25: Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq
    Dr. Austin Long, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • March 3: Middle East realignment
    Nathan Lean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Now in its eighth year in Greenville, the Great Decisions Program is sponsored by ECU and the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions with a $19 textbook expense. Individual sessions are $6.

For additional information, visit the Great Decisions web site or contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at (252) 328-5520 or at hennings@ecu.edu. Registration is available on the web site.

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Terrorism conference set for April 2012 at ECU

East Carolina University will host an international Conference on Terrorism April 19-20, 2012. A call for papers has been issued, with a deadline of Dec. 30. Read the Call for Conference Proposals.

This will be the fourth in a series of conferences on morality and terrorism. The organizing committee invites scholars of psychology, political science, security studies, philosophy, theology and all other relevant disciplines to participate.

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Workshop to focus on open government, public information

A fall workshop on Public Records and Open Meetings will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 221 Mendenhall Student Center, East Carolina University. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m.

The workshop is sponsored by ECU’s Department of Political Science and the Sunshine Center at Elon University.

Presentations will focus on the importance of making public information available to the public. Topics include research on the impact of open government, how the media and government work together to share public information with citizens and the role of the Sunshine Center in fostering open government in North Carolina.

Speakers include Dr. Carmine Scavo, ECU Department of Political Science; Dr. Brooke Barnett, executive director of the Sunshine Center; Dr. Ed Johnson, Department of Communications, Campbell University; and Charles Twardy, ECU School of Communication.

A panel discussion on open government and public records will include Brian Colligan, editorial page editor at the Greenville Daily Reflector; Steve Hawley, public information officer with the city of Greenville; and Dr. Peter Romary, director of Student Legal Services at ECU.

Additional information about the speakers is as follows:

  • Carmine Scavo is an associate professor of political science. He has taught at ECU for 26 years and directed the master of public administration program for 10 years. He co-directs the ECU Outreach Network and the N.C. Talent Enhancement Program, which work with small local governments and non-profits in eastern North Carolina. He and Charles Prysby of UNC-Greensboro won the 2006 Rowman-Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching of the American Political Science Association.
  • Brooke Barnett is executive director of the Sunshine Center at Elon University where she is also an associate professor of communications, an administrative fellow and special assistant to the university president. Before her career in academics, Barnett worked for the Public Broadcasting System for five years where she produced several award-winning documentary films.
  • Brian Colligan has been the editorial page editor of the Greenville Daily Reflector since 2004. He holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master of public administration from ECU.  Colligan’s work has been recognized with the N.C. Press Association’s 2001 and 2006 Best Editorial Writing award and the 2010 Editorial Page award.
  • Steve Hawley is communications manager and public information officer for the city of Greenville where his work has won Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City and County Communicators. He hosts the city of Greenville’s public access television show “City Scene” and was a WITN-TV on-air personality.
  • Ed Johnson is associate professor of communication studies at Campbell University in Buies Creek. In 2005 he was named Professor of the Year by the Ad Club of the Triangle. He taught advertising and public relations in Missouri and Nebraska before his time at Campbell University.
  • Peter Romary is director of student legal services at ECU. He holds a law degree of UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a British law degree. Originally a British subject, he now holds U.S. citizenship. In 2004, he was the recipient of a knighthood in recognition of his work combating violence against women and in the same year received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  • Charles Twardy is an instructor in the School of Communication at ECU. He holds a master of science in journalism and a master of arts in English from Northwestern University. His published work has appeared in newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The State (Columbia, SC), Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News and Observer as well as journals such as World Architecture, Architectural Record, and German Life.

Register ahead by sending an e-mail titled “Workshop Registration” to ncopengov@elon.edu. Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number and affiliation (name of business, organization, government agency, university, etc.). On-site registration will be accommodated as space allows. By registering ahead, you ensure your reservation and that you will receive updates about the event, including parking and other important details.

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For additional information about the workshop, contact Carmine Scavo at 252-737-2335 or scavoc@ecu.edu.

 

 

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Conradt book examines politics in Europe

David P. Conradt

A new book co-authored by David P. Conradt (Political Science), “Politics in Europe, Fifth Edition” was published by Congressional Quarterly Press in Washington, D.C. According to Dietmar Herz, chair for comparative government at the University of Erfurt in Germany, the new edition “provides a brilliant and highly readable analysis of Europe’s major powers.”

 

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